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Marc Kasowitz (the president’s lawyer), after the Comey confessions:  ​In sum, it is now established that the President was not being investigated for colluding with the or attempting to obstruct any investigation. As the Committee pointed out today, these important facts for the country to know are virtually the only facts that have not been […]

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James Comey: No Pressure

 

Here will be your non-covered story of the day: It has been claimed that former FBI director Comey wrote a memo last February that says President Trump pressured him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn.

However, On May 3 he told a Senate Committee under oath that he had never faced political pressure to shut down an investigation. Here’s the exchange between Comey and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D–HI):

Richard Epstein looks at the political and legal fallout from allegations that President Trump may have disclosed classified information to Russian diplomats, and that he may have had an improper conversation with then FBI Director Jim Comey.

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Zero Hedge has reprinted part of a Bloomberg article which breaks down who they think are the most likely candidates to be picked by the Trump Team to replace disgraced FBI Director James B. Comey. I don’t trust any news outlets at this point, but at least it is a starting point. Trump Wants “Fast […]

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Megan Barth (ReaganBabe) on Massive Election Voter Fraud

 

Megan Barth joins us at Whiskey Politics to discuss her federal investigations on rampant voter fraud, whether California’s insanity will spread nationwide and breaking news on how James Comey’s firing may impact Hillary Clinton. Megan is the founder and proprietor of ReaganBabe.com.

What Has Me Bothered About James Comey Getting Fired?

 

If you ask me if I’m bothered about James Comey being fired by President Trump, I would have to ask you, “What do you mean by being bothered?”

Am I bothered the president fired the FBI director? The answer is no. The president can fire whomever he chooses to fire whenever he chooses to fire them. Now, it is unusual for an FBI director to be fired during a term instead of at the start of a term or during the transition. The last time it happened was to William Sessions in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton.

Am I bothered that Comey is fired during an investigation into possible Russian influence in the presidential election? Well, no. As Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said, quite beautifully, the FBI wasn’t fired. The FBI director was fired. So if we believe the FBI is an organization of professionals, why wouldn’t an investigation — or all investigations they’re working on — continue?

National Review’s Rich Lowry, Reihan Salam, Ian Tuttle, and Charlie Cooke discuss Trump’s firing of James Comey.

Special Prosecutor Is a Bad Idea

 

Amid the rumors and speculation regarding a new FBI director, the Democrats continue to cry out for a special prosecutor. I kept hearing that this step would be a bad idea, but I decided that finding out the reasons could be helpful. Let me give you some background and the reasons for taking an alternative course for continuing the investigation regarding the Trump campaign and Russia.

Many people are trying to compare Watergate with this current situation, which is a deeply flawed analogy. They are likely referring to Nixon’s firing of Archibald Cox who had been appointed as special prosecutor. Katy Harriger, a professor at Wake Forest University and author of The Special Prosecutor in American Politics, points out that a special prosecutor needs to be able to work independent of the President and Attorney General:

It was thus that Congress passed the Ethics in Government Act. The 1978 law formalized the process that had been going on for a century at that point, creating special prosecutors (renamed independent counsels in 1983, partly to avoid any implication of assumed guilt) and giving a panel of judges the right to pick them. After the law’s expiration in 1999, the Attorney General kept the right to appoint special counsels, with internal regulations determining the circumstances.

The Firing of James Comey: An Insider’s View

 

These days, my mind is in classical antiquity — focused on the last days of the Archidamian War. And when I am not thinking about Athens’ success at Pylos and Sparta’s at Amphipolis, I am teaching Greek History or a seminar on Plato’s Laws or (horribile dictu!) I am grading papers and exams.

So I did not hear about the firing of James Comey until I read an email this morning — sent by a former student who, having worked for years at the Department of Justice, is now retired. Here is what he told me:

Based on a career spent working with the FBI as a Justice Dep’t lawyer, and on the reasons that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave in this memo, I believe firing James Comey as FBI Director was the right thing to do. A lot of folks would’ve cheered if DAG Sally Yates and President Barack Obama had done this last July or October – as perhaps they should’ve.

The Washington Examiner’s Chief Political Correspondent Byron York has inside information about how the Comey firing really happened. What’s the upside of Trump’s sudden and, apparently, poorly-timed actions? Byron has a theory straight out of Monty Python.

And Investigative Reporter Todd Shepherd on who is—and who SHOULD be—on the short list to become the next head of the FBI.

Richard Epstein reacts to the news that Jim Comey has been fired as FBI director, grapples with the ensuing criticisms of the Trump Administration, and looks back at Comey’s legacy as head of the Bureau.

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I avoided essentially all coverage of Comey last night and this morning was shocked (maybe I shouldn’t have been) to see how controversial the firing was. Clearly we can’t expect the left to avoid hypocrisy, but “Lordy,” I have no idea how they reconcile their claims that Comey is completely incompetent, and any knowledgable FBI […]

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On the last of this week’s podcasts, Noah Rothman and John Podhoretz (Abe Greenwald is out) try to explain what on earth happened to make it possible for the House to pass a health-care bill and whether this is good news for Republicans or terrible news. (Answer: Both! Neither! Who knows!) Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton reemerges to take full responsibility for losing the election and then turns around and blames James Comey, misogyny, the media Russia, and blue cheese (John made up that last one). Give a listen.

From the newsroom of the Washington Examiner:

“Huma Abedin Did What?” Investigative Reporter Todd Shepherd on today’s Senate testimony from FBI Director James Comey, who made lots of news and offered no apologies.

Quick Thought on Comey

 

I think that Comey has now been wrong twice. First, he didn’t have the authority in the summer to decide whether to bring charges based on the evidence that the FBI had gathered on Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server. That is up to the Justice Department’s prosecutors. He was also wrong on the reading of the criminal statute on misusing classified material, which is why that decision is up to the prosecutors, not the investigators.

Second, Comey is wrong to disclose the restart of the investigation over the weekend into the evidence — he has apparently violated DOJ internal guidelines and historical practice. The only similar example that I can think of was Lawrence Walsh, as independent prosecutor, naming Caspar Weinberger as a criminal suspect right before the 1992 elections — an example which shows why current guidelines are right.

Comey and the Classified(?) Emails: An Imperfect Guide to the Perplexed

 

tdy_andrea_hillary_150305Peter Robinson has asked a question that is on everyone’s mind. Should the FBI be required to release the Huma Abedin/Anthony Weiner emails? The answer to that question is no.

There are at least two serious difficulties. The first is that out of the cache of over 650,000 emails, only some fraction of them is relevant. The ones that are unrelated to the Hillary Clinton server are obviously out of bounds. But the more difficult issue is that the FBI cannot release those emails that are classified without creating some serious national security complications.

The same is true, moreover, for Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin, assuming that they still have these emails in their possession. They could surely release them if they contained no classified information. But they surely cannot release these emails if they do contain classified information.

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Here is Mark Steyn’s take on Hillary’s contempt for the law- http://www.steynonline.com/7564/laws-are-for-the-little-people Steyn notes the lack of outrage from the ineffectual Republican politicians, and their willingness to distance themselves from Trump, while no prominent Democrats have denounced Hillary. He also contrasts the ‘straight arrow’ James Comey to J.Edgar Hoover. Preview Open

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